Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving at Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, Delhi, India, March 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

Rinpoche visited Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre in New Delhi, India, before traveling to the Bodhicaryavatara and Rinjung Gyatsa Retreat in Bendigo, Australia. On March 10-11, Rinpoche gave teachings, including oral transmissions of the Golden Light Sutra and of “The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (Including Enlightenment),” at Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre. Center director Renuka Singh shared this report:

Initially, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of FPMT and Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, was expected to come and teach in November 2017. The Delhi pollution somehow conspired to keep Rinpoche away. Finally, the auspicious time of his arrival in Delhi was on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche prostrating before giving the oral transmission of the Sutra of Golden Light, Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, Delhi, India, March 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

The highlight of Rinpoche’s visit was the two-day teaching at Tushita. Dharma nectar blessings came in the form of the oral transmission of the sublime Golden Light Sutra on day one. Subduing one’s mind was greatly emphasized.

On day two, Rinpoche gave the oral transmission of “The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (Including Enlightenment).” This included the generation of a good motivation and mantras for blessing the speech, malas, and so forth.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, Delhi, India, March 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

Rinpoche also granted refuge to forty people. Ninety percent of whom were Indians. Rinpoche concluded the teachings with Guru Puja, which ended at 1 a.m.

The gompa was jam-packed for the teachings—around 100 to 150 attendees of all ages were present. However, there was numerical preponderance of young people. Prof. Robert Thurman attended the first day. Several current and former directors of other Indian centres were also present.

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Rinpoche and the light offerings at Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, Delhi, India, March 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

The hard work of center spiritual program coordinator Ven. Gyalten Samten, especially, as well as of Ven. Kabir Saxena and all the volunteers and sponsors was highly appreciated. Rinpoche praised the decoration and light offerings at the center emphatically. Ven. Kabir gave the longest entertaining vote of thanks ever. As director, I was extremely honored and happy to host Rinpoche. The wait for Rinpoche’s next visit has already begun!


Watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche teach during the Bodhicaryavatara and Rinjung Gyatsa Retreat at The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Australia, March 30-May 12, 2018.


Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.